Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Limited Edition Jerry Garcia Alligator Stratocaster – Aged Natural

Serial Number: JGA175
Weight: 7 lbs 5 oz

When famed U.K. singer-songwriter-musician Graham Nash released his solo debut album Songs for Beginners in May 1971, he was so pleased with Jerry Garcia’s contributions to the sessions that he presented Garcia with a special gift—a 1955 Stratocaster® Nash had bought the year before in a Phoenix, Ariz., pawn shop for $250.

Garcia immediately adopted it as his main instrument for the next two years, during which it became his first dramatically modified guitar. Although Garcia and the Dead became well known for heavily altering their equipment through the band’s own offshoot gear company, Alembic, it was this Strat that first received the extensive workbench surgery that served as a Grateful Dead hallmark. Garcia’s new Strat became a favorite known and loved by the guitarist and his fans as the “Alligator”—so nicknamed for the grinning cartoon alligator sticker Garcia affixed to the pickguard in 1972.

Now, the Fender Custom Shop is proud to introduce the Jerry Garcia Alligator Stratocaster—a faithful recreation of one of Garcia’s most famous instruments. Every detail is meticulously recreated, from the carefully measured contours and radii of the one-piece ash body to the hammered brass control plate, replica pickguard and body stickers, and custom replica “Blaster” clean-boost output jack assembly. Master built in the Custom Shop by Austin MacNutt, the Jerry Garcia Alligator Stratocaster is limited to 100 built-to-order instruments.

All three pickups are Josefina hand-wound ’55-style single-coil Stratocaster pickups replicated from the Alligator itself, along with five-way switching, standard vintage Stratocaster wiring and replica “hat” control knobs on a three-ply parchment pickguard. Premium features also include a Relic® lacquer finish, one-piece rift-sawn maple neck with a profile scanned and replicated directly from the original guitar, 7.25” fingerboard radius and 1.625” brass nut width, 21 Medium Vintage frets, custom brass bridge and tailpiece with rosewood base plate, Schaller® M6 tuners, disc string tree with custom retainer bar, and custom birdseye maple back plate. Custom hardshell case included.

This Masterbuilt run is limited up to 100 guitars worldwide!

Other features include:

  • Model Name: Jerry Garcia Alligator Strat® Relic®, 1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple Neck, Aged Natural
  • Model Number: 9216811942
  • Series: Masterbuilt Limited Edition
  • Color: Aged Natural
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
  • Body Material: 1-Piece Select Ash
  • Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck Material: 1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple
  • Neck Shape: 1955 Soft “V”
  • Scale Length: 25.5″ (64.77 cm)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25″ (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Fret Size: Jescar Medium Vintage (47095)
  • String Nut: Brass
  • Nut Width: 1.625″ (41.3 mm)
  • Headstock: Stratocaster® Small
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Serialized
  • Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Fingerboard: 1-Piece Rift Sawn Maple Neck
  • Position Inlays: Black Micarta Dot, 0.25″ (6.35 mm)
  • Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Josefina Hand-Wound ’55 Single-Coil Strat®
  • Middle Pickup: Custom Shop Josefina Hand-Wound ’55 Single-Coil Strat®
  • Neck Pickup: Custom Shop Josefina Hand-Wound ’55 Single-Coil Strat®
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SSS
  • Special Electronics: Custom Replica “Blaster” Clean-Boost Output Jack Assembly
  • Bridge: Custom Brass Bridge and Tailpiece with Rosewood Base Plate
  • Tuning Machines: Schaller® M6 90 Chrome-Plated Die-Cast Tuners with Large Buttons
  • Orientation: Right-Hand
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome/Brass
  • Pickguard: Custom 3-Ply Parchment
  • Control Knobs: Custom Black “Alligator” Knobs
  • Switch Tips: White
  • Strings: Fender® USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges), PN 0730250406
  • Included Accessories: Deluxe Hardshell Case, Strap and Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Master Built By Greg Fessler
  • 7 lbs 11 oz
  • #JGA175

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